Barcode symbologies supported and limitations for reading and analysis in pdfToolbox 11.0
Focussing on quality over quantity, this page defines those symbologies that will be supported for best results in pdfToolbox 11.0. More symbologies may follow at a later stage, also driven by your feedback/requests. If you think there is something missing from the below list and it might be of interest to you, please let us know in the comment section below or contact our support.
||EAN-13 is an extension of the UPC-A barcode symbology that usually carries a GTIN-13. Also known as: EAN, UCC-13, European Article Number, International Article Number, JAN, JAN-13, IAN, WPC, SAAN, UCCET, ABAC, BCCI, ICA, MANA, KANC, ANA, ANC.
||An ISBN barcode is a variant of EAN-13 that is used to identify books. Also known as: ISBN-13, International Standard Book Number, Bookland EAN-13.
Standards: ISO 2108, ISO/IEC 15420, BS EN 797, GS1 General Specifications.
||Variant of EAN-13 with a prefix 979 that is used to identify printed music. Also known as: International Standard Music Number, ISMN-13. Standards: ISO 10957, ISO/IEC 15420, BS EN 797, GS1 General Specifications
||An EAN-13 with prefix 977 used to identify periodicals. Also known as: International Standard Serial Number.
Standards: ISO 3297, ISO/IEC 15420, BS EN 797, GS1 General Specifications
||EAN-8 is derived from the EAN-13 barcode symbology and is designed for small packaging. It usually carries a GTIN-8. Also known as: UCC-8, JAN-8.
The UPC-A barcode symbology is used for identification of retail goods at point of sale inside of the US. It usually carries a GTIN-12.
Also known as: UPC, UCC-12, Universal Product Code.
||UPC-E is a compacted form of the UPC-A barcode symbology that usually carries a GTIN-12. tandards: ISO/IEC 15420, BS EN 797, GS1 General Specifications.
||Also known as: Code 3 of 9, LOGMARS, Alpha39, USD-3, USS-39. Standards: ISO/IEC 16388, ANSI/AIM BC1 - USS Code 39, BS EN 800, MIL STD 1189
||Used for pharmaceutical products in Germany
||Code 93 is a barcode symbology designed in 1982 by Intermec to provide a higher density and data security enhancement to Code 39
||Alpha-numeric codes supported. Used extensively worldwide in shipping and packaging industries as a product identification code for the container and pallet levels in the supply chain
||Also known as: UPC Shipping Container Symbol, SCS, UPC Case Code. Standards: ISO/IEC 16390, ANSI/AIM BC2-1995 USS, BS EN 801, GS1 General Specifications.
||Widely used for applications that require serial numbers, such as management of blood banks, slips for door-todoor delivery services and member cards
||Quick Response Code is the trademark for a type of matrix barcode or two-dimensional barcode
||A two-dimensional code consisting of black and white "cells" or dots arranged in either a square or rectangular pattern, also known as a matrix
|| 2D barcode.
Standards: ISO/IEC 24778:2008
||Not fully implemented
Limitations for barcode reading
As of now, a custom rectangle on a page with multiple barcode/matrix codes is unable to find all the codes in the user defined area. The engine finds the first code from the left side of the page and shows the first result. We are continuously trying to improve the barcode reading for future versions.